North Korea blasts Donald Trump for yanking United States from Paris accord
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:53
MONTREAL - The Paris climate agreement still has a chance despite the "temporary absence of American leadership", Barack Obama said Tuesday, adding that he was cheered that US states, cities, corporations and others have made a decision to carry on with the Paris commitments.
American voters overwhelmingly disapprove of President Trump's controversial decision last week to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord, a new poll out Wednesday shows. Many world leaders and USA politicians urged him to stay.
California, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington state, Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have signed pledges. More than 190 nations came together in the French capital to agree to voluntary pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump's decision has left the U.S. as one of only three countries, along with Syria and Nicaragua, that are not part of the climate pact. Rep. Chris Lee says the state already has lost a significant amount of coastline and seen an increase in hurricanes.
The Paris Climate Accord is poorly written, favors the worst polluters (China/India) and will be extremely costly to every American taxpayer. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States..
France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement "goes beyond climate change policy" and is a "factor in the erosion of the moral and political leadership of the United States".
"If we talk about responsibility, which countries created the issue of climate change?" As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.. The effect of the walkaway sends the startling message that our country is not committed to combating climate change or curbing carbon emissions.
The same study projects that by 2040, US compliance with Paris Accord commitments made by the Obama administration would cut production of paper 12 percent, cement 23 percent, iron and steel 38 percent, coal 86 percent and natural gas 31 percent.
The ball has been taken up by the people and no head of state can take it back - not even President Trump!
The poll also showed 50 percent of Americans believe global temperatures will rise faster as a result of the USA withdrawal from the climate deal, and 64 percent think US relations with other countries will suffer.